MARCH 2013 NEWSLETTER

No warhorses - what a relief!

Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov not only avoided the battle worn two-piano literature, but they served up "a delightful preview of Dranoff Competition", the headline by Lawrence Budman's review of the Inaugural Concert on March 8 states. Read the full review below.

An evening of superb piano playing, beginning with the cleverly chosen program and ending with a showoff encore tossed off as if it was child's play. Malcolm Gladwell's tenet of the 10,000 hours to mastery comes to mind. The performance was framed by two gestures, one for the mind and one for the palate. Martin Bookspan and Shelly Berg's conversation on music, composing and improvisation was as sparkly and delightful as the delicious Prosecco, sponsored by Bacardi, we all enjoyed during intermission. It the absolutely perfect gesture to celebrate shared music and shared discovery.

The poor warhorses got a further dousing during the workshop sessions for Piano Slam 5. Elizabeth and Marcel Bergman came from Canada for workshop sessions with DJ Brimstone 127 and other artists to develop the program for the Piano Slam event on May 2 at the Arsht Center. Marcel is a composer as well as pianist, and those synapses are firing at lightning speed... Rachmaninoff's tempi mixed with Supertramp beat, Olivier Messiaen with a light show and other surprises that will take classical music into a place of relevance for the teenage student poets. Make sure to order your tickets at the Arsht Center now. Details below. Elizabeth and Marcel also played in a private Salon Concert to charm everyone with their playful exploration of jazzy tunes on two pianos: "Mambo", "Libertango", "La Fiesta" and "Capriccio" - music by Bernstein, Piazzolla, Corea and Poulenc along with Marcel's own "Urban Pulse". If you have a chance to come to Miami from Canada in early March, it makes you want to dance!

Also in Miami are Dimitris Karydis and Petros Moschos, Duo Antithesis, from London. Ten concerts in Miami's Middle and High Schools, along with the poet Sekajipo as the school poetry tutor. This project would not be possibly without the incredible partnership with Steinway, which provides the pianos, and Withers Transport, which moves them for us. Thursday night, Duo Antithesis shifted gears and played for a wonderful crowd at The Betsy Hotel South Beach in one of The Betsy's Art Salons. Such a great way to mix and mingle!

The next few weeks are fully and completely focused on the behind-the-scenes of the 12th Competition.

What does a competition mean? Is it relevant? Why do artists put themselves through the cauldron? I have collected some of the comments or reflections of this crop of contestants and those who participated in the past.

Ultimately, a competition is about helping young artists navigate their way into their careers. These young people dedicate their lives to their art, the art that brings us such joy and needed balance to our lives. I would like to suggest to you that we owe them our support in return! You can do so by coming to the concerts and by buying the tickets and by purchasing their recordings. And by supporting the competition with your gift, and your attendance.

Warmest regard!

Gabriele Fiorentino


 
 

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